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Reading list 2016

Reading list 2016

What motivates women runners over 50 to continue running? What impact has running had on their lives? What was it like to be a female endurance runner in the UK in the 1960s, 70s and 80s? How can we keep fit into old age? These are some of the questions that I hope to...

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Jacqueline Hansen & the women’s marathon revolution

Jacqueline Hansen & the women’s marathon revolution

American women love to run marathons. In 2014 43% of marathon finishers in US races were women, the highest percentage of any country in the world. In the UK the figure is 34%. And American women love half marathons even more than marathons. They outnumber male...

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Unbelievable….the last half marathon…..

Unbelievable….the last half marathon…..

13 days ago I stood at the seafront at Gorleston in Norfolk feeling tired out after the Great Yarmouth Half Marathon. The heat had got the better of me, I wasn't looking forward to the 140 mile drive home, and I was questioning whether I would really feel up to...

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Good race, bad race

Good race, bad race

I’ve now reached the milestone of 10 races completed for my half marathon challenge. Some of them have been good, some have been OK and one was bad. One thing I’ve realised in the past 10 months is that however competitive I am getting a personal best time does not...

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Rise of the running woman

Rise of the running woman

More and more women in England are running and it's not just young women who've caught the running bug.  A year ago I looked at the Sport England Active People Survey for 2012/13 and concluded that there were nearly one million women running in the UK. The latest full...

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Slightly mad running challenges

Slightly mad running challenges

  My sister started running several years ago. As a non-runner I thought it was great that she was getting so fit, but I have to confess that as time went on and she got more into running I did start to think she was slightly mad. What made runners go out and run...

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Nike the Goddess

Nike the Goddess

"Nothing is more powerful than a woman's struggle to run free". "Nike is a Goddess: The History of Women in Sports" tells the stories of women who excelled in sport and broke the mould to push the boundaries of what women were allowed to do. In doing this they set an...

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